The FBI director, James B. Comey, on Thursday delivered an unusually frank speech about the relationship between the police and black people, saying that officers who work in neighborhoods where blacks commit crimes at higher rates develop a cynicism that shades their attitudes about race. "We need to come to grips with the fact that this behavior complicates the relationship between police and the communities they serve," Comey said in the speech at Georgetown University. His speech was unprecedented -- previous directors have limited their public comments about race to civil rights investigations, like those of murders committed by the Ku Klux Klan and how the bureau wiretapped the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He said that he decided to give the speech because he felt that in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the country had not "had a healthy dialogue," and that he did not "want to see those important issues drift away." read more
Bruce Alexander argues ... addiction is an adaptation. It's not you: It's your cage. read more
Politico: As Americans, we like to believe the rule of law in our country is respected and fairly applied, and that only those who commit crimes of fraud or violence are punished and imprisoned. But the reality is often different. It is surprisingly easy for otherwise law-abiding citizens to run afoul of the overwhelming number of federal and state criminal laws. This proliferation is sometimes referred to as "overcriminalization,"which affects us all, but most profoundly harms our disadvantaged citizens. read more
It was a banner year for marijuana in politics, with market legalization in Oregon and Alaska, personal legalization in Washington DC and South Portland, Maine, decriminalization in two New Mexico counties and six Michigan cities, and medical marijuana in Guam and Florida (which would have passed in any other state, but Florida required a 60 percent vote). read more
'KKK' painted on third Wakulla church. Crawfordville, Wakulla County, FL.
CRAWFORDVILLE Members of Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church in Wakulla County arrived for choir practice Wednesday night to find "KKK" spray-painted on the side of their church. read more